Queen Elisabeth I travels 400 years into the future to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London overrun by corruption and a vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk.
Against a plain, unchanging blue screen, a densely interwoven soundtrack of voices, sound effects and music attempt to convey a portrait of Derek Jarman's experiences with AIDS, both ... See full summary »
In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings, Plantagenet king Edward II hands the power-craving nobility the perfect excuse by ... See full summary »
A nearly wordless visual narrative intercuts two main stories and a couple of minor ones. A woman, perhaps the Madonna, brings forth her baby to a crowd of intrusive paparazzi; she tries to... See full summary »
A dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), whose principal interest was the ... See full summary »
An unseen woman recites Shakespeare's sonnets - fourteen in all - as a man wordlessly seeks his heart's desire. The photography is stop-motion, the music is ethereal, the scenery is often ... See full summary »
Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual ... See full summary »
Paula E. Sheppard,
From the distant 16th century, Queen Elisabeth I summons the spirit Ariel with the aid of the court's alchemist, the sage Doctor John Dee, to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London drowned in filth and plagued with crime. As a result, the Queen horrified with the vivid vision of a broken-down British Empire, asks to travel beyond the veil of time, some 400 years into the future, to see firsthand, that in this futuristic and horrendous new order, the capital is overrun by a corrupt police and that an autonomous vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk, Bod, has declared a multi-levelled open war. Now that Britain is practically a wasteland, where is her Majesty, the righteous Queen Elisabeth II? Written by
In her opening speech, Amyl Nitrate tells us that her favourite song is "Don't Dream It, Be It". That song was written for The Rocky Horror Show (filmed as The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)) by co-star Richard O'Brien, who plays court magician John Dee. See more »
After the policemen shoot Angel and Sphinx dead, Sphinx's eyes blink before the camera cuts away. See more »
I am going to be bias about this film I am afraid. It is the film that got me interested in Jarman.
One evening in the early 1990's Channel 4 broadcast Jubilee and I watched, with the sound on my television down, transfixed by the images that I was seeing. As a young (12 or 13) gay man realising the unacceptability of my sexuality and having no one to discuss or share my feelings with, Jubilee stuck out and spoke to me. The homoerotic images were the 1st I had seen, and certain images remained with me until I was 18 (The 'orgy scene'with naked men and bishops dancing, the murder of the drag queen, Queen Elizabeth I walking along the shoreline with the godlike narration reciting poetry, Toya's pink hair!) and was able to discover what this film actually was. All I knew up until then was that it was called Jubilee.
Yes it is a messy movie made on a very low budget. Yes, the acting is appalling at times with many unknown untrained actors - but, like Jarmans other films it had an impact which seems to transcend these mere dramatic theatre critic type issues. If I had only come to view the film now, it may not have had such an impact. To me it is a brave work with a uniqueness and style like no other. I was lucky enough to see it on the big screen in Brighton last year - and its messiness actually seemed to befit the big screen - its over the top, cant performances worked so much more than on the small screen. Jordans 'Rule Britannia' in the Union Jacks dress (mimicked by Geri Halliwell 20 years later), Adam Ant's 'Plastic Surgery' are iconic moments in British film.
Jarmans least poetic and focused film, but still the only film to truly grab me as a child with its madcap, anarchic, brash energy and sexuality.
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